The Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) honored two deserving Marco Islanders at its April 19 meeting at the Hideaway Beach Club.
The group recognized Camille Richie, a graduating senior at Lely High School, for her outstanding academic, extracurricular and volunteer achievements. She also is the Battalion Executive Officer of the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC).
Richie’s list of accomplishments over the past four years is pages long, but the short form includes; marching band captain, concert and jazz band, cross country team, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor society and physical training excellence as part of the JROTC Raider team, which competes in strength and endurance.
Richie’s many service activities include placing flags on veterans’ graves, sending care packages and letters to the troops in Iraq, sending Christmas stockings to soldiers overseas, Toys for Tots with the US Marines, regular beach cleanups and For the Love of Cats.
Oh yes, she also has a job and sleeps now and then.
Her parents, Nancy and Michael Richie were there to watch her receive the DAR $1,000 college scholarship award. She will attend the University of Florida in Gainesville. Nancy is the City of Marco Island Environmental Specialist. Mike is a Navy veteran and a long time Merchant Marine.
DAR also presented its first ever Community Service Award to Keith Dameron, Vice President and Manager of Iberia Bank, Marco Island.
Dameron was singled out because of his active support for; the Veteran’s Memorial at Veteran’s Community Park, the Traveling Vietnam Wall that came to Marco last December, helping to make The Big Flag at the foot of the Jolley Bridge a reality, an impressive display at his bank of military memorabilia loaned by local residents and for helping to raise matching funds to ensure that Marco has its beachfront July 4th fireworks again this year.
Dameron serves the community in many other ways, but the DAR award recognized his more patriotic efforts.
The Marco Island Chapter of the DAR works to preserve the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence. Potential members and visitors from other chapters are welcome.
For more information, call Kay Zeigler at (239) 642-0711.